Legislative update 71. Month - September 1998

In this issue:

1. Electronic commerce
1.1 Draft directive on electronic commerce imminent
1.2 Consumer aspects of electronic commerce - discussions continue in EU and OECD
1.3 Global Business Dialogue initiative launched
1.4 Commission publishes response to USA Internet Domain Name proposal
1.5 WIPO consultation on IP aspects of IDNS process
1.6 Electronic signatures - European Parliament appoints Rapporteurs
1.7 OECD conference on electronic commerce - 7-9 October, Ottawa
1.8 Commission proposes Directive to regulate electronic money

2. Convergence
2.1 European Parliament committees adopt opinions
2.2 European Commission - follow-up Communication delayed
2.3 Intergovernmental conference "Coping with Convergence in the EU"
2.4 Culture/Audiovisual Council - no further discussions
2.5 Telecoms Council - 27 November

3. Internet content regulation
3.1 Multiannual Action Plan on Promoting the Safe Use of the Internet - common position agreed

4. Copyright
4.1 European Parliament committees adopt opinions and debate draft Barzanti report
4.2 Slow progress in Council IP working group
4.3 Commission launches call for tender for two studies on aspects of copyright

5. Advertising
5.1 Sweden announces plans to seek EU-wide ban on advertising aimed at children
5.2 Commercial communications - work continues in the Commission and Parliament
5.3 Commission call for tender - study on possible infringements of advertising provisions of TVWF Directive
5.4 Tobacco advertising - appeals planned

6. Audiovisual
6.1 Commission "next steps" paper
6.2 Council continues discussions - audiovisual working group and informal Council in Linz
6.3 DGIV to draft guidelines on state aids aspects of public service broadcasting
6.4 Council of Europe adopts revised Convention of Transfrontier Broadcasting
6.5 Oreja report imminent
6.6 Court of First Instance rules against the Commission for failure to act on PSB complaint
6.7 Legal protection of conditional access services - European Parliament second reading completes committee stages

7. Taxation
7.1 EP Resolution on a common system of VAT
7.2 VAT on telecommunications - European Parliament draft opinion imminent

8. General
8.1 Transatlantic Economic Partnership - Commission relaunches initiative
8.2 Commission updates Recommendation on interconnection charges for fixed telecoms services
8.3 EU/US data protection dialogue - informal talks continue
8.4 Green Paper on open access to public information - interservice consultation almost complete Dates for your diary

September
29th - WIPO regional meeting on IP issues of IDNS process, Brussels
29th-30th - EPC unfair competition meeting, Brussels (breakfast with Commissioner Bangemann on 30/9) October
7th-8th - OECD Conference on Electronic Commerce, Ottawa
7th-8th - Council of Europe seminar on self-regulation, Strasbourg
7th – Frankfurt 98 – Publishing in a Wired World and launch of the Condrinet study by the European Commission
13th - EPC Corporate Affairs Group meeting, Brussels
27th-28th - EBU conference "European programmes for the digital era", Brussels
29th-30th - ICC conference on electronic business, Budapest

November
3rd - Austrian Presidency conference "Coping with convergence in the EU"
3rd - Commission deadline for comments relating to supplementary consultation on convergence
26th 27th - Austrian Presidency seminar "Audiovisual media & authorities: tasks & challenges for regulators in Europe's changing media landscape", Vienna

January 1999
20-21 January, next EPC meeting, London



1 Electronic commerce

1.1 Draft Directive on electronic commerce imminent

The European Commission proposal for a Directive on electronic commerce has entered inter-service consultation, prior to consideration by the Commissioners' Cabin among Member States and is expected to be adopted as planned at the Consumer Affairs Council on 3 November. The Recommendation aims to set out general principles of consumer protection and calls on the Commission to examine the current body of consumer protection law and how it could be applied in legal and practical terms to the on-line world.

Discussions on this issue are also continuing in the OECD in September. OECD member countries have backed down from their earlier enthusiasm for formal guidelines on consumer protection and are now working on a general statement which will be submitted for adoption by Ministers at the Ottawa conference on electronic commerce in October. Early indications suggest that this statement will be considerably weaker than the planned Recommendation.

1.3 Global Business Dialogue initiative launched
Following the Business Round Table on Global Communications held on 29 June, industry representatives have initiated moves to create a new Global Business Dialogue. The GBD aims to establish closer Cupertino at an international level and a co-ordinated dialogue with governments and international organisations on regulatory issues. Business representatives are agreed that the GBD should become a forum for business leadership and encourage a market-driven environment for the future developments of the Internet and global e-commerce.

An initial open meeting of the GDB took place in Brussels on 3 September on the initiative of Dr. Middelhoff of Bertelsmann and brought together representatives of all major industries with an interest in e-commerce. It was agreed that membership of the GBD Steering Committee should be balanced in both terms of geography and interests. It therefore comprises 5 representatives from each region (i.e.: 5 each for the Americas, Europe/Africa, and Japan/Pacific).

The four European members have been selected from the various industry stakeholders, with Nokia (Fin.) representing information technology communications systems, France Telecom representing telecom industries, Bertelsmann (D) representing content providers and ABN Amro Bank (NL) representing users. Other companies will be invited to form Issue Groups and support the Committee as Associate members.

The inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee took place in New York on 25 September, chaired by Dr. Middelhoff.

The EPC has expressed its support for this initiative, adding the importance of country of origin control, self-regulation of advertising and internet governance/IDNS to the list of priorities suggested by Dr. Middelhoff.

The GBD has created a web-site which can be consulted at www.gbd.org

1.4 Commission publishes response to USA Internet Domain Name proposal
Before the Summer recess, the European Commission published a Communication in response to the US White Paper on Managing Domain Names. The Communication welcomes the US White Paper for acknowledging many of the EU's concerns and endorsing the principle that the proposed new regulatory body has a balanced membership and that WIPO should continue to play a key role in the development of a dispute resolution and trademark policy for the Internet.

The Communication on Internet Governance can be consulted on the internet at www.ispo.cec.be/eif/policy/#inetgov

DGXIII officials are consulting frequently with Member State experts and industry representatives in an attempt to reach agreement ahead of the end-September deadline. The Commission has proposed amendments to the draft guidelines of 17 September in order to:

increase international representation;
strengthen the central role of WIPO in agreeing a guideline on trademark disputes;
establishing applicable law;
establish a better balance of powers between the Board and the proposed Councils;
create a fourth Council of government officials along the lines of a "government advisory Council".

Revised draft articles of incorporation and by-laws for the new Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers were published on 22 September. These documents can be consulted on the Internet at HYPERLINK http://www.iana.org/bylaws-coop.html http://www.iana.org/bylaws-coop.html and HYPERLINK http://www.iana.org/articles-coop.html http://www.iana.org/articles-coop.html The Commission is currently awaiting an official response from the US Administration.

1.5 WIPO consultation on IP aspects of IDNS process
Following WIPO's request for comments on IP aspects of the IDNS process, a regional meeting is planned in Brussels on 29 September in Cupertino with DGXIII and DGXV. Information gathered at these sessions will be used to formulate WIPO's recommendations on IP aspects of the process to the new organisation.

A further request for comments was published on 14 September on draft terms of reference procedures and timetable for the WIPO Internet Domain Name Process. The deadline for submissions is 30 October. Input from European industry is encouraged - see http://wipo2.wipo.int/process/eng/processhome.html These comments will form part of a consultation with a view to drafting WIPO recommendations on dispute resolution involving IP rights and the protection of trademarks. DGXV remains closely involved and will participate in the regional meeting on 29 September.

1.6 Electronic signatures - European Parliament appoints Rapporteurs
The European Parliament committees have appointed Rapporteurs for the first reading of the draft Directive on digital signatures presented by the Commission in May:

Legal Affairs (lead committee) - Wolfgang Ullmann (D, Green)
Economic and Monetary - Wim van Velzen (NL, PES)
Civil Liberties - Pierre Pradier (F, ARE)

Discussions in committee are expected to begin in November.

1.7 OECD conference on electronic commerce - 7-9 October, Ottawa
Full details of the conference are now available on the official website. The open conference proceedings and the private sector showcase will be broadcast over the Internet at: http://www.ottawaoecdconference.org

1.8 Commission proposes Directive to regulate electronic money
The European Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on the issuing and supervision of electronic money in the EU. The proposal seeks to harmonise minimum rules on issuing e-money and establish freedom for authorised institutions to issue e-money throughout the EU. It covers both 'electronic purses' and monetary value stored on a computer memory (software money). The Directive will be transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council for adoption under the codecision procedure.

The text can be consulted on the Internet at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg15/en/finances/gen/1085.en

2 Convergence

2.1 European Parliament committees adopt opinions

The European Parliament's response to the Commission Green Paper has now completed its committee stages. In adopting its report, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (lead) took into consideration opinions from the Culture, Legal Affairs and Research committees but only a small number of their proposed amendments were actually accepted. The Committee took a position in favour of creating an environment favourable to the development of converging technologies in the EU and rejected unnecessary regulation. Amendments from the Culture Committee on PSB and media ownership were rejected, with the Committee recommending instead "the creation of powerful European operators in each of the sectors in question" in order to compete on the global market.

The final report will be voted on in plenary in October when we expect all the amendments calling for a directive to curb media concentration to be re-introduced.

2.2 European Commission - follow-up Communication delayed
It is now clear that the follow-up to the Green Paper will not be completed in November as planned, with some commentators even suggesting that it might not appear before the 1st quarter of 1999. In the interim, a working document was published before the Summer recess, launching a supplementary consultation on three key issues:

access to networks and digital gateways in a converging environment;
creating a favourable framework for investment, innovation and encouraging European content production, distribution and availability;
ensuring a balanced approach to regulation.

This document can be obtained on the Internet at: http://www.ispo.cec.be/convergencegp/ . Within the framework of its examination of convergence, DGXIII is also looking at the application of competition law to the growing digital television market.

The Corporate Affairs Group meeting on 13 October will discuss the EPC's response ahead of the Commission deadline of 3 November.

2.3 Intergovernmental conference: "Coping with convergence in the EU"
The European Commission and the Austrian Presidency will jointly host an intergovernmental conference on convergence in Vienna on 3 November. Speakers will include Commissioners Bangemann and Oreja, as well as the Director General of DGXIII, Robert Verrue, and industry representatives.

2.4 Culture/Audiovisual Council - no further discussions
In the light of delays to the Commission's work, the Culture/Audiovisual Council has now abandoned plans to pursue the convergence debate further during the Austrian Presidency. However, Member States will to continue to stress the importance of public service broadcasting and the "centrality" of Member States in this area. Draft guidelines are being prepared for adoption at the Culture/Audiovisual Council in November.

2.5 Telecoms Council - 27 Nov. debate
The Telecoms Council will continue its leading role in the convergence debate by holding further talks at its next meeting when Ministers are due to consider the output of the Vienna conference. This debate will be held in public as was the case during the UK Presidency.

3 Internet Content regulation

3.1 Multi-Annual Action Plan on Promoting the Safe Use of the Internet - common position agreed

Adoption of the Commission's draft Action Plan has been delayed due to a change of legal base following the European Parliament's first reading. A common position has been agreed and the Austrian Presidency is confident of final approval by end-1998.

A call for tenders for preparatory work has been published. The call is in four parts:

for preparatory work for setting up hotlines and launching a European network to gather information on illegal content;
a feasibility study for a system of content self-rating;
a review of European third party filtering and rating software and services;
preparation of an awareness programme taking into account of the cultural and linguistic diversity of users.

Further calls are expected in early 1999.

4 Copyright

4.1 European Parliament committees adopt opinions and debate draft Barzanti report

The Legal Affairs Committee (lead) has so far only held an exchange of views on the draft report of Roberto Barzanti (Greece, PSE). Barzanti has taken a strong position in favour of rightholders, warning the committee not to try to extend copyright beyond Berne provisions and to link the Directive with the question of liability. The draft text proposes a small number of amendments including:

Art 5(1) - replacing "temporary" with "transient and accessory" acts and limiting use to that "permitted under law";
Art 5(2) - introducing a distinction between analogue and digital reproduction.

The draft text received the broad support of the Commission. The committee will adopt its final report in November and the plenary vote will now take place later than predicted in December.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament's Culture, Economic and Monetary and Environment Committees have now adopted their respective opinions and will be expecting Mr Barzanti to take these into account:

The Whitehead (UK,PSE) opinion from the Environment Committee took the strongest position in support of consumers. The committee voted in favour of mandatory exceptions, an exception for all educational use of works and a broad fair practice exception.

The Cassidy (UK, EPP) opinion from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee also supported a broad exemption to the exclusive rights for the use of works for educational purposes. A further amendment seeks to delay the implementation of the Directive to coincide with that of the forthcoming proposal on electronic commerce.

The Gunther (D, EPP) opinion from the Culture Committee also adopted an amendment to delay the implementation of the Directives on copyright and e-commerce. Several amendments seek to reinforce the rightholder's right to remuneration and to protect works. Amendments supporting mandatory exceptions were defeated.

4.2 Slow progress in Council IP working group
The Council's IP working group continues to make slow progress in its discussions on the draft copyright Directive. The Austrian Presidency has embarked on a second read through of the Commission text in an attempt to clarify the issues. While there is a feeling that the Presidency is making a good effort to sharpen the debate, the latest meeting on 2-3 September was described by national experts as disappointing, with no real progress being made.

Experts are resolved not to rush discussions in working group, even if the Parliament completes its first reading in December as planned. Member State positions remain ill-defined and indications suggest that a common position will not be reached until the German Presidency during the second half of 1999. The next working group meeting is scheduled for 30 September-1 October, with further meetings envisaged for 20-21 October and 2-3 December (TBC).

4.3 Commission launches open tender for two studies on aspects of copyright
The European Commission has published two calls for tender to examine areas of copyright as preparatory work to a possible clarifying Communication.

The first study, "IP and the conflict of laws: the question of applicable laws in the new digital context", will examine three questions relating to the cross-border exploitation of works:

which forum has jurisdiction?
which national law is applicable to the act under consideration?
how (and where) will any judgement be enforced?

This study is expected to last 8-10 months, with an interim study four months after signature of the contract.

The second study, "the contribution of copyright and related rights to the European economy", will be divided into two parts. The first will entail an economic analysis of the sectors concerned with the exploitation of copyright and related rights in terms of principal economic indicators, persons employed and revenues generated at international level. The study will also comment on future prospects for each sector. The second part will examine the contribution made by the legal protection given to IP through copyright and related rights. This study will be undertaken over 7-9 months, with an interim report 4 months after signature of the contract.

Tender documents are available on request.

5 Advertising

5.1 Sweden announces plans to seek EU-wide ban on advertising aimed at children

The Swedish government has indicated that it will use its Presidency during the first half of 2001 to seek an EU-wide ban on advertising aimed at children. Swedish legislation currently bans all advertising aimed at children under 12 years and imposes further restrictions on advertising during children's programmes. The government appears confident that the proposal will receive widespread support from parents and consumer groups. The media and advertising industry is meanwhile gathering research and other lobby materials to fight against such a ban.

5.2 Commercial Communications - work continues in the Commission and Parliament
The expert group is due to hold its second meeting in Brussels on 22 October when national representatives will continue to focus on national regulations relating to discount offers. Experts will report on the results of this meeting to the Internal Market Council on 9 November and is scheduled to meet again in December.

The Commission study on advertising and children is understood to be near completion and DGXV has indicated that advertising aimed at children is likely to be the next issue on the group's agenda. Advertising on the internet will also be discussed pending the results of the recent questionnaire. Sources also suggest that the Commission's Legal Service will shortly re-start the outstanding infringement proceedings relating to Greek toy advertising and the so-called Loi Evin.

In the European Parliament, the report by Jessica Larive (NL, ELDR) on the Commission's Communication is expected to be adopted in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in October.

5.3 Commission call for tender - study on possible infringements of advertising provisions of TVWF Directive
The European Commission published a call for tender in August for a study into the application of the rules of the Television without Frontiers Directive concerning television advertising, sponsorship and teleshopping in Member States. The study will entail monitoring TV advertising on public and commercial channels, recording the duration of adverts, teleshopping slots and other forms of advertising, and checking that they comply with the provisions of the Directive. The study is expected to be carried out over a period of several months and will cover broadcast television in all 15 Member States.

Tender documents can be viewed on the Internet at: http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg10/calls/index.html

5.4 Tobacco advertising - appeals planned
The German government will shortly initiate formal proceedings to challenge the adoption of the Directive on tobacco advertising. Members of the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association have also asked leave to appeal to the European Court of Justice against the Directive.

6 Audiovisual

6.1 Commission "next steps" Communication

This Communication adopted in July aims to give direction to the planned review of audiovisual policy and to bring together ideas raised at the Birmingham conference. The text sets out the broad outlines of the Commission's view on the reinforcement of automatic support mechanisms and the development of a securitisation scheme for European production, together with initial thoughts on the future regulation of the sector. Draft proposals to revise the MEDIA II programme are expected end-1998.

The text is available on the Internet at http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg10/avpolicy/key_doc/next-intro_en.html

6.2 Council continues discussions - audiovisual working group and informal Council in Linz
The Council's audiovisual working group met on 4 September. Experts discussed the Austrian Presidency's draft political declaration on public service broadcasting. The declaration is expected to reiterate the "centrality" of Member States in the operation of PSB and to reinforce the spirit of the Amsterdam Protocol. The Commission also made reference to the DGIV paper examining state aids and public broadcasting (see below).

The next working group meeting is scheduled for 9 October.

The informal Culture Council in Linz, 10-12 September, continued discussions on PSB. A draft text is expected to be circulated before the next working group meeting. The Commission made a brief presentation of follow-up work to the Birmingham conference but was criticised for the lack of concrete proposals for the revision of MEDIA II and other initiatives outlines in its Communication (see above). The Commission has promised to come forward with draft proposals by the end of the year, after the evaluation of MEDIA II is complete.

The Presidency plans to at the Culture Council on 17 November.

6.3 DGIV to daft guidelines on state aids aspects of public service broadcasting
DGIV is currently drafting guidelines on state aids in the broadcasting sector. A discussion paper is already circulating for comments from interested DGs and Member States (available on request). The guidelines will include guidance on how to deal with complaints. The draft text is due to be discussed by national experts at the next meeting of the multi-lateral state aids committee on 20 October. The study was raised within the audiovisual working group on 4 September in the context of the proposed political declaration on PSB (see above).

6.4 Council of Europe adopts revised Convention on Transfrontier Television
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a protocol amending the 1989 European Convention on Transfrontier Television on 9 September. The Convention has been revised in line with the second Television without Frontiers Directive and covers the following areas:

definition of advertising;
tele-shopping;
programme sponsorship;
jurisdiction;
abuse of rights granted by the convention;
public access to major events;
timeframe for broadcasting cinematographic works.

There is one major area of legal conflict between the EU’s and Council of Europe’s approach – over jurisdiction. The new Convention clearly allows Member States jurisdiction over broadcasts within their territory, including those which originally emanated from another country. This puts into question one of the cornerstones of the EU’s Television without Frontiers Directive which prohibits member States from preventing the re-transmission of broadcasts from another EU State.

The amended protocol will be open for signature from 1 October and will enter into force after all 18 contracting parties have signed or two years after it has been opened for acceptance (i.e.: 1 October 2023) unless a party makes an objection. The final text can be consulted on the Internet at: http://www.coe.fr/eng/legaltxt/132e.htm

6.5 Oreja report imminent
The report of the High Level Group on Audiovisual Policy chaired by Commissioner Oreja is nearing completion and the final text is expected formally to be approved shortly. The report is likely to make recommendations relating to the development of audiovisual production in Europe and support for production in Central and Eastern Europe. The economic significance of copyright and the role of public service broadcasting are also expected to feature in the final version.

6.6 Court of First Instance rules against the Commission for failure to act on PSB complaint
The Court of First Instance has ruled that the Commission failed in its Treaty obligation to follow through a request to investigate complaints notified by Gestevisión Telecinco SA of Spain regarding possible unfair competition in the Spanish television market arising from the financing of PSB from both State grants and private sector advertising.

The Court stated that even though the Protocol on PSB annexed to the Amsterdam Treaty showed "the political sensitivity of the subject matter in question", the Commission should still "have been in a position to adopt a decision declaring that the grants in question did not constitute aid, or that they did constitute aid but were compatible with the common market…" The ruling obliges the Commission to act swiftly to adopt a decision on the original complaint.

The judgement is available on request.

6.7 Legal protection of conditional access -European Parliament second reading completes committee stages
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has adopted its second reading report based on a text drafted by Rapporteur, Georgios Anastassopoulos (Greece, EPP). The report proposes only two minor amendments to the Council common position. The second reading vote will take place at plenary in October.

7 Taxation

7.1 EP Resolution on a common system of VAT

At its plenary session in September, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution in response to the Commission's Communication on the common system of VAT (uniform basis of assessment). Based on a report by Bernard Castagnède (France, ARE), the Parliament's Resolution urges the Council to "rationalise and update the scope of categories in Annex H" (which lists products eligible for reduced rate VAT) and includes a call for "the reduced rate for books to be extended to CD-ROMs with a content identical or analogous to that of books". This amendment had been rejected during the committee stages.

The European Commission is due to table proposals for the revision of annex H in November.

7.2 VAT on telecommunications services - European Parliament draft opinion imminent
The European Parliament committees are expected to present their respective reports to committee in November on the Commission's proposal to harmonise the application of VAT to telecoms services in the EU. Patrick Cox (Ire, ELDR) will report for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. The Budgets Committee has yet to appoint a Rapporteur.

8 General

8.1 Transatlantic Economic Partnership - Commission relaunches initiative

The European Commission has adopted a revised Action Plan to enhance trade relations between the EU and the United States. The Action Plan is a watered-down version of the earlier Transatlantic Marketplace proposal published in March, which was abandoned after opposition from the French government (over provisions affecting competition in audiovisual services) and a muted response from the US. The new Plan will be submitted for discussion by the Council of Ministers and the Commission hopes that its text will be endorsed at the next EU/US Summit in December in Washington D.C.

The Plan includes a commitment to seek a regular bilateral dialogue on a broad number of issues, including e-commerce, IP, mutual recognition and telelcoms. Unlike the earlier Action Plan, the revised Communication does not ex-ante exclude the audiovisual sector. Rather the Commission undertakes to address "specific obstacles faced by several service sectors" and to engage in a dialogue with the US on non-tariff barriers to trade in the service sector in general.

In the European Parliament, Carole Tongue (UK, PES) and Erika Mann (D, PES) have been appointed Rapporteurs for the Culture and Economic Committees respectively.

The text can be consulted on the Internet at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg01/0916trans.htm

8.2 Commission updates Recommendation on interconnection charges for fixed telecoms services
The European Commission has updated its recommendation on 'best practice' interconnection charges for fixed (i.e.: not mobile) network telecommunications services in 1999. The revised figures aim to provide guidelines to network operators and national regulatory authorities and to promote a convergence of prices across the EU. The Recommendation covers three types of interconnection: local interconnection, single transit interconnection and double transit interconnection.

8.3 EU/US data protection dialogue - informal talks continue
Informal talks are continuing between the US and the EU on the implementation of the Data Protection Directive. The Data Protection Working Party established under the Directive has produced a report on the application of Articles 25 and 26, recommending criteria for the evaluation of self-regulatory codes. The Commission is understood to broadly support the Working Party's recommendations. The report can be consulted on the internet at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg15/en/index.htm

8.4 Green Paper on open access to public information - interservice consultation almost complete
The European Commission is expected to adopt its Green Paper on open access to public information in October, following completion of interservice consultation. Among the issues under discussion during this consultation is the commercial re-use of public sector information.

Documents available on request

European Commission

Calls for tender on copyright studies
Discussion Paper on State Aid in the Broadcasting Sector

European Parliament

Draft Directive on copyright (first reading)
Legal Affairs Committee on copyright (lead) - draft report (Barzanti)
Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee - adopted opinion (Cassidy)
Culture Committee - adopted opinion (Gunther)
Environment Committee - adopted opinion (Whitehead)
Convergence Green Paper (consultation)
Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee (lead) - adopted report (Paasilinna)
Culture Committee - adopted opinion (Kuhne)
Research Committee - adopted opinion (Plooij-van Gorsel)
Social Affairs Committee - adopted opinion (Wolf)
Legal Affairs Committee - adopted opinion (Hory)
WIPO Treaties (consultation)
Culture Committee - draft opinion (Kerr)
(Legal Affairs Committee - no draft text)
Communication "Globalisation and the Information Society" (consultation)
Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee - draft opinion (Malerba)
Legal Affairs Committee - adopted opinion (Sierra Gonzalez)
Culture Committee - adopted opinion (Ewing)
External Economic Relations Committee - adopted opinion ( Plooij-van Gorsel)
Draft Directive on the legal protection of conditional access services (second reading)
Legal Affairs Committee - adopted Recommendation for a second reading (Anastassopoulos)
Resolution on a common system of VAT (uniform basis of assessment)
Resolution of Castagnède report

European Court of Justice/Court of First Instance

Case T-95/96: Gestevisión vs. European Commission (state aid - public service television - failure to act)

WIPO – Draft database Treaty
Consultation documents

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